Rocking Autumnal Alternative Attire Ft XYLondon!

Rocking Autumnal Alternative Attire Ft XYLondon!

Hey everyone!

What a mouthful the title of this post is, I LOVE it. I know Autumn isn’t quite here quite yet but I really am getting ready for it full speed ahead. I was born in May but I’m definitely not a Summer loving baby. Don’t get me wrong, I love the actual sun but heat is not something my body copes well with. I honestly wish it did because there are so many really hot and humid countries I am dying to visit but I’m pretty terrified that I’d get there and want to leave within a day because of how unwell it makes me feel. Along with that, I’m also someone who is quite obsessive about personal hygiene. Sweat does not sit well with me, I want to constantly be in the shower when it’s hot.

Autumn is one of those seasons where you can kind of still get away with remnants of Summer clothes but with an added jacket or a pair of tights. I find Autumn is my time to shine as I have clothes that essentially are the style for Summer but not the colour. So it means I can wear these clothes, not be too hot or cold and not get extremely odd looks for wearing black.

It also means that I can finally be wearing my beautiful (and far too huge) collection of wonderfully whacky shoes. Mostly consisting of Dr Martens covered in tattoo print or decked with double soles (hold tight for a full post on all of my Dr Martens). I am a mere 5ft 3 and for many years now I’ve been stockpiling shoes with super thick soles. I’m not really at all self-conscious about my height but I am a huge sucker for gothic-styled and chunky shoes. I dread to think just how much money all my shoes have cost because these kind of shoes really do not come cheap.

XYLondon Burgundy Creeper Pumps

When XYLondon got in contact offering to gift me a pair of shoes to style, I’ve got to say I was ecstatic. Despite not being your typical girly girl, shoes get a fire lit inside of me. Being someone who is very particular about her shoes, I was a tad apprehensive at first that I wouldn’t be able to find something very me. However, I opened the site, looked under the “flats” menu and saw the word “creepers” – SOLD. Otherwise known as beetle crushers or I’m pretty sure I’ve also heard them called teddy boy shoes!

I had two pairs of creepers from the brand Underground when I was in school and they were super popular. The sole is quite literally as thick as a brick on some of them and despite that, they’re actually quite comfy and make you feel and look a hell of a lot taller. I owned an emerald green pair with a black sole and a lilac pair with a white sole. Sadly for some reason I threw them out when we moved house and I mourn them and wanna hit myself every day for it. I recently bought a black pair second hand on eBay though with an animal print panel on the front. They are gorgeous and I’m TOO excited to wear them soon!

As I have a pair of regular creepers and I’m currently making a little bit more of an effort to dress slightly more feminine, I decide to go for the creeper pumps from XYLondon. I think the last time I wore pumps was in school when the choice was either them or daps. They are out of my comfort zone but boy are they cute! The burgundy ones really called out to me and they’re definitely more of a blood red than a purple burgundy which is super gorgeous and perfect for my style. The material is faux suede and the sole is 3.2cm thick. They have fringe detailing on the front and slip on like a dream. One thing I really struggle with usually with shoes is the back of them being hard too but these are super soft and flexible meaning no horrible blisters!

As someone with wide feet I can’t believe these actually fit so well either, they don’t squish my little toes like the majority of shoes. I must say they are probably a tad smaller than the average size length-wise though so it might be an idea to size up and get an insole if needed! I am a very average size 5 and they are slightly tight on my big toe but I am hoping once they’re properly broken in they’ll be more than fine. Saying that, I’ve worn them twice on outings now and they’ve been really lovely and comfortable to stroll around in. Check out the XYLondon site here to see more of the fabulous things that have on offer!

Outfit and photograph details:
Baby top: Bershka
Checkerboard skirt: LoveTooTrue
Shoes: XYLondon

Photographer: Rebeca Elen – Insta/Facebook/Blog

What are your go-to shoes and signature style for the A/W seasons?

’Til Next Time,


  1. 9th September 2018 / 9:55 am

    Gimme those shoes! They are so caaaute!
    Ps, You look gorgeous in these shots!🔥🔥🔥

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Aren’t they just!? I’m in love with them! Thank you Meg ☺️ Xx

  2. Sophie Hearts
    9th September 2018 / 10:44 am

    I have to say, I prefer summer but do LOVE getting cosy and I quite like autumn, it’s the cold of the winter that I’m not a fan of! You look amazing in these pictures and you’re absolutly rocking that outfit. I love the colour of the shoes and I’m obsessed with black and white so it’s a winner!

    Soph – x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Eeeee Autumn is my favourite, I am really loving wearing more layers recently! I don’t even mind the cold to be fair oops. Thank you so much Sophie ☺️ X

  3. 9th September 2018 / 11:16 am

    I love your skirt! Personally I like the time just before summer hits, when spring is just starting to disappear and the days get warmer but not too warm.

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you so much! Ooh yeah that is a lovely time too, I just don’t like the weather being too extreme either way! X

  4. 9th September 2018 / 11:21 am

    I am so glad its now like autumn yay! These photos are just amazing, I love the outfit, very stylish. I really like the shoes think I need a pair 🙂

    Melissa |

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 1:36 pm

      Me too woohoo! Thank you so much ☺️ the shoes are awesome and so cheap, too! X

  5. 9th September 2018 / 1:23 pm

    I love heels and tend to buy them just to look at as I tend to walk like a duck when they are on. Flats make me feel more comfortable but being 5ft1 mean I’m still very small haha. Your new shoes look amazing. I love the colour you picked. Perfect for Autumn.
    Kate x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 1:36 pm

      Hahaha I am the exact same, I really do not do heels at all. I wore them recently for a friends wedding and I vowed never to wear them again! Thank you ☺️ x

  6. 9th September 2018 / 6:04 pm

    It’s weird because before I even knew what this post was about, I was going to tell you that I loved the shoes! Such a statement piece whilst also somehow not being too out there, and they look absolutely gorgeous on you!

    Jas xx |

    • blacktulipbeauty
      10th September 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Aww yay I’m glad you like them! They’re so cute and simple but also a statement in the outfit! Thank you ☺️ x

  7. 9th September 2018 / 8:15 pm

    You look absolutely amazing in these photos, the entire outfit is just gorgeous! I want to get this skirt so much!

    Alys /

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you so much! ❤️ The skirt is one of my favourite things, I’ve been wanting to do a post on it for ages! X

  8. 9th September 2018 / 8:16 pm

    You are rocking that outfit! and those shoes, I love them! Perfect for autumn and I reckon they could suit a range of different outfits! Gonna have to get myself some 🙂

    • blacktulipbeauty
      10th September 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Eeek thank you so much!! The shoes are bloody gorgeous and they do them in black too!

  9. 9th September 2018 / 8:17 pm

    You look amazing on those photos! They are perfect! and this outfit! loving what you put together! your shoes are super nice too!

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much Corrine ☺️ This is a really lovely compliment x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 9:12 pm

      That’s so kind of you, thank you so much ☺️❤️

  10. 9th September 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Those shoes are so cute, and I absolutely love your style!

    I’ve never heard of Bershka before but I just checked them out and they’re pretty cheap and have some reallt cute stuff! Damn yoooou lol.

    Laura ☆

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you Laura! I only discovered Bershka this year but I adore their clothes and have been obsessed ever since, sorry hehe! X

  11. 9th September 2018 / 9:10 pm

    I love that you’re already getting into the autumn vibes. Hey, you’re rocking the outfit and I am so over the sweaty season XD. I’m 5’0 and think short girls are the best (hehe). We’re in the club! Love your shoes! They look very comfortable.

    Nancy ♥

    • blacktulipbeauty
      9th September 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you Nancy hehe and god same! My best pal is about 5ft too, we are the best!! Thank you ☺️❤️

  12. 10th September 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Autumn is definitely my favourite season as well, it means I can still wear my beloved jumpsuits but with cardigans or jackets thrown over the top. I absolutely hate being sweaty in Summer as well, I don’t know how anyone can prefer it personally! These shoes look AMAZING on you, I love how they bring a pop of colour to an outfit. I really love how you’ve styled them, I wish I could look that amazing in a crop top! This brand sounds very promising in terms of quality and comfiness, I often find it hard to find flats that don’t rub my feet so I might have to invest! x

    Alice {}

  13. 10th September 2018 / 8:10 pm

    I looooove those shoes!! So gorgeous and the perfect colour for autumn!! I’m a classic DM or Chelsea boots kinda gal in the autumn, although I’ve been leaning to my Chelsea boots more recently as they’re newer 😂 love the photos and you look as beautiful as ever! ❤️❤️

    • blacktulipbeauty
      11th September 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you Gaby, I do too hehe! Yeah all my DMs come out to play constantly in Autumn and Winter it’s the best! Thank youuu ya big cutie! Xx

  14. 22nd September 2018 / 7:40 pm

    yessss I am ready to see your collection of wonderfully whacky shoes! I love those creepers, I don’t think I would ever wear them because they aren’t really my style but you suit them SO well, you look amazing. I love the colour too it is very autumn! I love the baby top! I also love your little fur baby creeping in a few of the pictures, so cute!! x

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